Shoplifting charge leads to three arrested on drug charges

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By Patrick Yost

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An alleged shoplifting at Madison’s Tractor Supply led to three individuals being charged with felony drug charges.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Avery Lee Long, 25, Rutledge was arrested on August 29 and charged with two counts of possession of narcotics and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting. The driver of a Chevy Uplander in which Long was a passenger, Jason Harvey Harp, 43, Madison was also charged with possession of cocaine. A woman identified as Long’s girlfriend, Ashley Marie Harp, 25, Rutledge was also charged with possession of cocaine.

Reports state that officers were called to Tractor Supply around 1 p.m. in reference to a store manager alleging that Long had entered the store with an empty shopping cart and after approximately 15 minutes later he came to the store’s service desk and demanded refunds for a Campbell Hausfeld Air Cleaner/Air Dryer kit, among other items. The manager refused the refund, in part, because Long had no receipt or identification. Long left the store with the items, reports state, and the manager reviewed store surveillance tape that allegedly shows Long taking the items.

The Uplander was stopped on the Madison by–pass near Mary Magnan Road by a Madison Police Department officer.

Reports state that a deputy reviewed the store’s surveillance tape and determined that Long had taken the items. Consequent to Long’s arrest, reports state, a deputy allegedly found a cut blue straw with suspected cocaine residue in one of Long’s pants pockets. Long also allegedly had a cigarette pack in his pockets that contained one suspected Alprazolam pill.

Officers allegedly found on Jason Harp a plastic container in the vehicle with a lid that contained a second straw and white powder.

Reports state that Ashley Harp produced a small plastic bag of cocaine from her bra.

Harp allegedly told officers that Long had given her the cocaine and asked her to hide it.

The stolen items were returned to Tractor Supply.

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